What is an AKBD and what does it mean for you? (Top)
The AKBD is a designation awarded to those designers who have passed the written exam of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the professional organization for Kitchen and Bath Designers. This exam tests knowledge and understanding of:
- Technical and stylistic aspects of design, including codes and best practices
- Construction and installation issues and procedures
- Home systems: plumbing, electrical, and mechanical
- Product and material characteristics and performance
- Standard business and project management practices
What is a CAPS and what does it mean for you? (Top)
The CAPS designation is awarded to individuals who have taken courses and passed exams of the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). The courses address Aging in Place, which is based on Universal Design principles*, and is about adapting our environment to us as we age normally.
More important for you, best design practices now recognize that EVERYONE can benefit from these design principles. Designs that adapt to people are both attractive and functional, create environments that are easier to use conceptually and physically, and are safer for us all. Everyone deserves these features in their homes.
Why use a designer? (Top)
Remodeling or building a kitchen or bath is not just about style, color and products. These projects require detailed planning that depends on an understanding of codes and best practices for access and usability. These projects also require knowledge of materials, appliances, and fixtures that will make your design functional and safe, as well as beautiful.
Why a pay a design retainer? (Top)
As a professional, your designer approaches every project with the same dedication and commitment to quality. She will spend many hours working with you and on your project to ensure an excellent outcome and value to you.
What does the design retainer cover? (Top)
The design retainer covers the time your designer will spend developing the project. The work that is covered by this retainer includes the site visit and measure; the preliminary design and cost estimate; the final design with detailed project specification; and the on-site pre-installation walkthrough with your contractor.
Is the design retainer refundable? (Top)
If you purchase 10 or more cabinets from us to complete this project, the retainer will be deducted from the cost of the cabinetry. Otherwise it is not refundable.
Is the retainer the same for all designs? (Top)
The retainer is based on the complexity of the project. We will discuss the fee structure with you during your first meeting once we understand the scope of work.
* Principles of Universal Design were developed by the Center for Universal Design.
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